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Langenbrunner retires after 16 NHL seasons

by Staff Writer / New Jersey Devils
Former Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner on Wednesday announced his retirement, closing out a career that spanned 16 NHL seasons.

Langenbrunner, 38, a native of Cloquet, Minn., is a two-time Stanley Cup champion (1999, 2003) and a two-time U.S. Olympian (1998, 2010). He appeared in 1,109 games with the Devils, Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues, collecting 243 goals and 420 assists for 663 points.

He was known as a key contributor throughout his career, supported by the 58 game-winning goals he scored in the regular season, as well as the 34 goals and 87 playoff points he recorded in 146 postseason games.

“It was a dream come true to have the opportunity to play in the NHL for 16 seasons. The friendships I developed with my teammates, and also the people in the communities where I played, will always be cherished by my family and I,” said Langenbrunner. “I would like to thank Bob Gainey, Lou Lamoriello and Doug Armstrong for giving me the opportunity to play against the top players in hockey, in the best league in the world. I'd also like to thank my coaches and teammates for helping a kid from Minnesota enjoy a long, fulfilling hockey career. Finally I'd like to thank my truly amazing family for all their sacrifices they made so I could live my dream.”

Langenbrunner was drafted 35th overall by Dallas in 1993. After debuting with the Stars in 1994-95, he solidified himself as a full-time NHLer in 1996-97, playing 76 regular-season games and notching 39 points to finish sixth among all rookies.

In the 1999 playoffs, Langenbrunner cemented his reputation as a clutch-performer, registering 10 goals and 17 points in 23 playoff games and helping to lead the Stars to their first Stanley Cup.

Langenbrunner was acquired by the Devils with Joe Nieuwendyk on March 19, 2002 in exchange for Jason Arnott, Randy McKay and a first-round draft choice in the 2002 Draft.

After recording 22 goals and 33 assists for 55 points in 78 games in 2002-03, he added 11 goals and seven assists for 18 points in the postseason – tying Scott Niedermayer for the most among all playoff scorers – to help the Devils hoist the 2003 Stanley Cup.

Langenbrunner spent parts of nine seasons with the Devils, where he became the eighth team captain (2007) in franchise history and recorded career-highs in goals (29), points (69) and plus-minus (+25) in 2008-09.

After starting 2010-11 in New Jersey, Langenbrunner was dealt back to Dallas in January, 2011.

In the 2011 offseason, Langenbrunner signed as a free-agent with St. Louis. Injury limited him to four games in 2012-13.

Langenbrunner was a member of the U.S. Olympic team that finished fourth at the 1998 Games in Nagano and captained Team USA to silver in 2010 in Vancouver. He represented the United States in the 2004 World Cup and was twice a member of the USA Hockey entry in the IIHF World Junior Championships (1994, 1995).

Jamie, his wife Elizabeth and their three children will continue to reside in Minnesota.

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